UPDATED: Hundreds Still Without Power in Troy Friday Afternoon
Many are still waiting for power to return as triple-digit heat blankets southeast Michigan.
As temperatures flirt with 100 Friday afternoon – and heat indices hover around 106 – hundreds of DTE Energy customers in Troy are still without power in the sweltering heat.
According to the DTE Energy outage map, roughly 400 customers are still without power in the northwest section of the city – down from around 1,300 customers Friday morning.
DTE Energy expects power to most residents in southeast Michigan to be restored "by the end of the weekend," DTE spokesman Alejandro Bodipo-Memba told WXYZ Thursday night.
DTE Energy spokesman Scott Simons said the utility company had reduced the outage number from Tuesday's storms to 17,000 before a Wednesday evening storm hit, followed by what DTE experienced as the most severe storm of the week that night. To help with repairs, DTE has recalled 100 linemen who were sent to Ohio to help with repairs after storms there last week.
Meanwhile, the power outages are creating dangerous conditions for those who can't find relief from the heat.
The National Weather Service in Pontiac is predicting a high temperature of 102 and heat indices of 108 degrees or higher Friday, prompting the weather service to issue an excessive heat warning for southeast Michigan, which remains in effect for Troy and surrounding areas until 8 p.m. Saturday. An air quality alert is also in effect for southeast Michigan through Friday.
Troy residents who are without power are invited to use the Troy Community as a cooling center during its hours of operation. Don't forget to check out these hot-weather safety tips and learn about what you can do to keep your pets safe in such hot weather.
This story was last updated at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 6.